PALM SPRINGS - NOT JUST FOR TENNIS & OLD PEOPLE + A MUST-DO HIKE

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Palm Springs was never on my list of places I wanted to go. For some reason, in my mind, Palm Springs was a place for old people and tennis. Not that there’s anything wrong with either one of those things, it just didn’t seem like there was anything of interest there for me. Well, I was wrong, and luckily the winter and spring of 2017 had me in desperate need of sun and the happy mistake of my co-worker’s mother-in-law sent us to Palm Springs.

Our second winter season living in Oregon brought freezing rain, snow, thick gray skies, and relentless downpours of rain. March arrived with no sign of reprieve and we found ourselves entering a state of desperation to see the blue skies we feared no longer existed. We don’t usually travel during spring break because the cost is typically very high to travel any place sunny and warm, but desperate times call for desperate measures – we began frantically searching for a last minute sun trip that wouldn’t break the bank. As we anticipated, our search brought us no such deal.

I mentioned my desperation to a co-worker who immediately told me that her mother-in-law had mistakenly booked the wrong week at a condo for their annual family trip to Palm Springs and what’s more she believed they could sell it to us for a discounted price. While the offer was intriguing, I was skeptical about Palm Springs and the fact that it was for the week before my son’s spring break, requiring him to miss a few days of school. That evening my co-worker sent me a picture of one of the resort’s pools draped in sunlight and surrounded by palm trees (see below). I promptly decided I could set aside my preconceived notions about Palm Springs and as for my son missing a few days of school – no problem.

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While I’d love for this to be a guide to a spring visit to Palm Springs, I must admit that I spent the majority of the time poolside. We did venture into the charming downtown where we had some great meals and we even took our son to the nearby swim park for a few hours one day, but what I really want to you to know about is the Palm Canyon hike at Indian Canyons. Palm Canyon is a short drive fifteen minute drive from downtown Palm Springs, and if there’s one activity that should pull you away from your poolside locale – this is most definitely it.

The Indian Canyons are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as it was home to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and remnants of their society remains in the canyons. Palm Canyon is 15 miles long with a variety of trails to choose from. I suggest visiting their website to learn more about the history of the canyon, read the safety advice (Bring a hat, lots of sunscreen, and water!), and take a look at the trail map. We did a simple out and back and spent a lot of time meandering along the water’s edge. I’m just going to keep it real here and tell you with absolute certainty that I am not a capable enough writer to put into words the magic that exists at the bottom of this canyon, so I’ll spare you my attempt to do so and hope that my pictures are worth 1,000 words.

Palm Springs has so much more to offer than old people and tennis and it’s most definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re longing for blue skies and sunshine after the long winter months. If you go, visiting Palm Canyon is a must, even if you don’t want to hike, just take the short walk to the bottom of the canyon and soak up the magic.

A few favorites from our trip below...do you have any Palm Springs favorites?

We spent a fun half-day at Wet’n’Wild Waterpark. Looks like they are renovating in 2019.

Great Shakes is really popular for its yummy shakes served with a donut on the straw.

We had a delicious breakfast at Cheeky’s – get there early or be prepared to wait.

After reading a bunch of great reviews we decided to stop at The Sandwich Shop for lunch after our hike. I had the Dreamkiller and my husband had the Grand Slam – they did not disappoint!

We liked L’Atelier Cafe so much we went there the first time for a sit-down breakfast and then went back a second time to grab delicious croissants and coffee.